Fashion is regarded as a frivolous pursuit. But this time it is a question of survival, and it is deadly serious. MaliMali is going to have to save us! There is unlikely to be any tourists in the next year or two.
There is a staff of 10 people at the hotel and five at the MaliMali Studio, not mentioning Madame Koita and her orphans, and Mr. Diarra and the adult literacy evening classes. All these were surviving on the spin-offs from tourism: the hotel guests bought in the MalMali shop, which made us able to continue and sponsor our various projects. (see www.malimali.org)
But what is going to happen now????